1. Man Arrested After Altercation With Pocket Knife at Country Music Festival

    August 11, 2014 2:58 PM EDT Violence at music festivals continues. A man named Aaron Williams was arrested Thursday morning at the WE Fest country musical festival in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, Billboard has confirmed. The three-day festival featured headliners such as Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley,…

  2. 15 Surprising Artists Without a No. 1 Album

    August 11, 2014 10:55 AM EDT What do David Bowie, Marvin Gaye and Kiss have in common? They've all failed to crack the top spot on the Billboard 200. In light of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ achievement of earning its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 -- after a nearly 37-year wait -- what other…

  3. 'Rising Star' Recap: Brad Gets Serious, Contestants Culled On Quarter-Finals Night

    August 11, 2014 4:57 AM EDT In the quarter-finals of Rising Star , Josh Groban -- in addition to wearing a very dangerous pair of barracuda socks -- kept telling us that eight singers would be competing for our votes tonight, but what he probably should have been saying is, “Three singers are competing for your votes,…

  4. Country's Chaotic Summer: Investigating the Death, Rape and Arrests

    August 08, 2014 1:17 PM EDT A death, an alleged rape and arrests mar a season in which acts like Luke Bryan and Keith Urban are drawing massive crowds. What will Nashville do? After a string of ugly, alcohol-fueled mishaps at major concerts, country music seems to be stumbling into the final weeks of the summer touring…

  5. 'Rising Star' Recap: The Wall Looms Large As New Solo Round Begins

    August 04, 2014 6:42 AM EDT No matter the show, no matter the judges, no matter their chairs’ ability to spin or rise…it always comes down to song choice, doesn’t it?  Alas, in the first round of solo performances following the Duels, the contestants of Rising Star couldn’t choose a song that suited their voice and the…

  6. Brad Paisley Dedicates Song To Doctor Infected with Ebola

    August 04, 2014 6:22 AM EDT Brad Paisley was so "moved" by the selfless actions of a doctor infected with the Ebola virus, he's dedicated a song to him. The country artist has tweeted to his followers to pray for Dr. Kent Brantly, who he described as “one of those brave souls who risks his life to save…

  7. 'Fashion Rocks' Returns From Five-Year Hiatus Sept. 9, Mazda Unveils Music-Themed Campaign

    August 01, 2014 2:13 PM EDT After a six-year, recession-induced hiatus, “Fashion Rocks” returns Sept. 9, resurrected as New York Fashion Week’s opening act. With a new media partner (Time Inc. replacing Conde Nast), network (CBS) and parent company (creator Richard Beckman and his Three Lions Entertainment, with Ron…

  8. Lollapalooza Rewind: 10 Awesome Moments from the Festival's History

    July 31, 2014 10:00 AM EDT More than two decades into Lollapalooza's history, and there's no shortage of eyebrow-raising moments. Perry Farrell's formally touring, now Chicago-based fest started as alt-rock's time to shine -- a fact cemented by Nine Inch Nails and Courtney Love's presence on…

  9. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley 's "River Bank" is hauling a…

  10. Singer-Songwriter Dale Watson: Trucking Music Isn't Dead

    July 28, 2014 4:20 PM EDT If you're thinking of calling Dale Watson a country singer, think again. On the cover of the singer-songwriter's recently released 3-CD box set entitled  The Truckin’ Sessions Trilogy  is a sticker that says “File Under Ameripolitan.” So, what exactly does that mean? “I don’t even…

  11. 'Rising Star' Recap: Contestants Begin to Shine As Head-To-Head Duels Round Wraps

    July 28, 2014 4:28 AM EDT Say what you will about Rising Star and its ragtag team of genre-diverse judges, somebody is doing some work with these contestants behind the scenes. Whether that’s the “Groban-ator” throwing in some off-camera mentoring to make sure this gig doesn’t tarnish his credible musician resume…

  12. Country Act LiveWire Revs Up With Video for New Single 'Drivin' You Outta My Mind' (Exclusive)

    July 23, 2014 2:19 PM EDT Today in The 615 spotlight, we bring you the world premiere of the video for the new single "Drivin’ You Outta My Mind" from rising country group LiveWire. "It all came together pretty quickly. We wrote it in Nashville -- Danny Bell and myself in a hotel room. He was just…

  13. Westboro Baptist Church SoundCloud Full of Terrible Pun Parodies

    July 22, 2014 7:04 PM EDT Enjoy seven hours of musical hellfire and brimstone Can't get enough of the Westboro Baptist Church cover band, which has taken it upon themselves to reimagine Lorde's "Royals," Lady Gaga's "Telephone" ( "Ever Burn" ) and Panic! at the Disco's…

  14. Panic! At The Disco Brilliantly Neutralize Westboro Baptist Church Protesters

    July 21, 2014 10:36 AM EDT After the hateful picketers set their eyes on a P!ATD show, Brendon Urie & co. found an inventive way to fight back Westboro Baptist Church—the collection of hate-mongering protesters who have targeted everyone from Lorde to Brad Paisley —recently set their sights on Panic! At The Disco,…

  15. 'Rising Star' Recap: Lessons In Humility Dished Out as Duel Round Continues

    July 21, 2014 5:18 AM EDT In cloudy, smoke monster letters, "Rising Star" informs us that each of the contestants tonight are getting the chance to, “Write. Their. Future.” And what an odd future "Rising Star" writes for itself from week to week. After some annoyance regarding the judges’ 7% votes…

  16. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Name-Drops Tons of Celebrities in ‘Lame Claim to Fame’ Video (Watch)

    July 20, 2014 12:44 PM EDT Here’s a little-known fact about “Weird Al” Yankovic: “I know a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows Kevin Bacon." 'Weird Al' Yankovic Aiming for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart At least that's what he claims in his celeb…

  17. Lady Antebellum's '747' Album Will Take Off On...

    July 18, 2014 3:39 PM EDT Country trio announce September release date, full track list Lady Antebellum's fifth album is almost ready for takeoff: "747" is due Sept. 30 via Capitol Records Nashville. The set is preceded by fast-rising lead single "Bartender," which bullets to No. 36 on the Hot…

  18. Three Days Grace 'Almost Done' New Album, Predict 2015 Release

    July 18, 2014 11:21 AM EDT "There's definitely a new fire in Three Days Grace," says bassist Brad Walst. Canadian rockers Three Days Grace are well on their way towards the group's fifth album, and first with new singer Matt Walst. "We've got a lot, man," bassist Brad Walst, Matt'…

  19. Attention, Country Music Hall of Fame Voters: Here's Who You Need to Induct

    July 17, 2014 12:51 PM EDT To: The Voters for the Country Music Hall of Fame First of all, I understand the responsibility that you have to the industry and to the Hall as you go through your voting process each year. It seems that with each selection you make, the cries get louder for others to be inducted. It is a…

  20. Billy Corgan Accuses Amazon of Leaking 'Adore' Details Early

    July 17, 2014 10:16 AM EDT Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan was hoping Wednesday would go as smoothly as his famous pate. Not so, as the planned rollout of full details and track listing for the deluxe reissue of 1998's "Adore" was ruined when Amazon apparently leaked the details early. Corgan first…

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